Yonas originates from New York City but moved to Brambleton 5 years ago. Yonas has been making an impact in Loudoun, and his song “Photo” was recently featured in the Loudoun County Economic Development Group’s viral mannequin video challenge which was also picked up by the International Economic Development Council’s website.
1) Where did you grow up, and what inspired you to have a career in music?
I grew up in the Bronx in New York. I began my music career at the age of 5. My parents enrolled me into violin classes in an attempt to help me focus my energy in a positive way. I studied classical violin and even attended Juliard for youth classes. I started getting more into the culture of New York City and became interested in writing Hip Hop. I started my professional career as an artist at the age of 21.
2) Where can we hear your music?
You can hear my music on all music platforms including YouTube where I have over 27.5 million views, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, etc. My song “Fall Back” was featured in the 2013 major motion picture, “The Place Beyond The Pines,” starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.
3) Who’s your favorite artist, and have you had the opportunity to meet him/her?
My music is influenced by all sorts of genres and artists. I really appreciate the content in Hip Hop Artist Macklemore’s music. I was honored to open for him in 2014 at James Madison University’s Spring Festival Concert.
4) When did you move to Brambleton? And what led you here?
My wife and I dated long distance for 3 years between New York City and Brambleton, then I really started to appreciate the quality of life Brambleton had to offer and made the official move in 2012 where we reside today. It’s a great melting pot of cultures just like NYC. Plus there’s golf, breweries and vineyards – What’s not to love!
5) How did you get involved in the Loudoun Economic Development’s Mannequin Challenge video?
One of their employees knew about my music and asked me to take over the Department’s social media for the day and show them a day in my life in Loudoun. They then asked if I would be a part of the challenge video as well. I love Loudoun and hope to make a positive impact on the community. I love seeing it evolve.
6) Are you on the road a lot? Do you have a recording studio set up in your house?
I tour twice a year, so I go on the road for 2-3 months at time for that. I will be finishing my nationwide tour, “The Roll One Up Tour” on March 10th at the Tally Ho Theater. I travel for meetings, music video shoots and recording sessions between here, Atlanta, New York City, and Nashville often, but luckily we were able to build a studio in our Brambleton home. It’s convenient having IAD just down the road from us.
7) What is one career goal you’re aiming to achieve?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have my albums reach #4, #5 and #9 on iTunes, as well as be signed to a record label, travel the country and open for artists I admire. I guess the next goal would be to reach a level that could have me sitting at the Grammy’s one day. I want to continue to make a positive impact on people’s lives.
8) Tell us about your upcoming concert at Tally-Ho. How and where can we buy tickets?
9) Tell us about some of your favorite Brambleton hangouts or a fun fact about yourself.
I love SweetFrog, my go to is the mixed cakebatter and strawberry swirl covered in Butterfinger. We live across the street from the town center so I spend a lot of time at Blue Ridge Grill watching sporting events, I probably should spend more time at One Life fitness! I just recently started playing golf so the Brambleton Golf Course was a 2nd home for me this summer.
Fun fact: my wife and I threw a surprise wedding at Quattro Goomba’s brewery. All of our guests thought they were coming to our engagement party but when they got there, we surprised them and had a wedding ceremony!
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